A few weeks ago I was invited to a “destination wedding” not too far from my house, in the grand scheme of destination weddings. It was on a day where I had nothing to do and in a town I love (Leavenworth, Washington). Obviously I had no other option but to say yes, right?
Part of my justification in going was that since I didn’t know anyone except my date, I could wear any dress in my closet and no one would know I’d worn it to someone else’s wedding.
But let’s be real here, sisters… That is some self-control that I just don’t possess.
On the day before the wedding I had a continuing legal education class in downtown Seattle. You know what else is in downtown Seattle? A giant Nordstrom Rack and the first ever Nordstrom.
After the CLE I couldn’t contain myself any longer and a new friend I made at the event and I walked over to the Rack. We found a super cute dress for me to try on. Then she had to leave. Unfortunately she left me alone in a dressing room with a dress that was the right price ($55), but too big. What a bummer! I decided I would have to wear a dress I already owned after all. I was about to embark on the 45 minute journey home and did what any reasonable adult would do, walked over to the real Nordstrom to use their clean restrooms (TMI. Sorry.) As I left the building I walked past the BP department and a plethora of gorgeous Maxi Dresses.
I tried to resist, I promise. But I couldn’t pass up a coral dress with fun patterns on the bottom and a cutout back that was CHEAPER than the dress at the Rack. I just couldn’t. I tried it on, and fate stepped in. A button was broken. Broken! No new dress for Brittany…until I gave it to the gal helping me and she found another one in perfect condition in my size, and told me it was the first day that dress had been on the shelf.
My next hope was that Twitter would step in and tell me, “Brittany! Return that dress right now!” … but you guys failed me and totally encouraged this frivolous spending on a gorgeous dress.
Ok twitter, fashion show time. Outdoor wedding tomorrow. Should I keep this dress? What shoes? $52 at Nordys pic.twitter.com/jTqyEX3jHh
— Brittany (@Brittany_WMSB) June 22, 2013
Since no one at Twitter was helping, one of my girlfriends came by. She also told me to keep the dress. By now I was in love anyway, that dress shall be mine forever.
The next morning I put it on and drove three hours (thanks a lot, traffic) to the wedding. It was so fun and several strangers (they were all strangers) complimented it! YAY!
In order to justify the purchase I had to wear it again, so last weekend when I took the train to Portland I pulled it out of my closet again.
On the train I noticed a white spot, and thought, “Way to go, spilling toothpaste on yourself.” How embarrassing.
But later, at a BBQ I realized that was white thread. Then I was at dinner with my friends and noticed a few more patches. By the end of the night there were at least 5 different areas on the front of my dress where the threads were pulling out and the beautiful coral was replaced by white thread. I couldn’t believe it!
If you don’t know, Nordstrom has incredible customer service. If you buy something and it goes awry, you can bring it back and they will take care of you. Sunday morning, back in Washington, I went to the nearby Nordstrom. The sales girl told me they’d had several of these dresses returned already for the same problem. I was heartbroken!!!!
So there it is. I had to break up with the dress I wore to the wedding. It was a sad day around the WMSB house, although my checking account loved it when that $52+tax found its way back into my bank. So I guess all’s fair in love and Nordstrom Debit Cards.
PS. The first thing my date said when he saw me was, “You look gorgeous!” #winning.